Thursday, 27 August 2015


“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” - Frank Lloyd Wright

Spring has started to make itself felt in the Southern Hemisphere and going for a walk around the neighbourhood makes it very apparent. The wattles are in full bloom at the moment and their yellow flowers are cheering the often-grey skies. Plum trees are also in flower, and the spring bulbs, primulas and polyanthus are in full bloom.

The weather, however, has betrayed us a little and Winter is showing us his teeth as he smiles while leaving. It’s been cold and wet and grey, raining for most of the day, today. The days are getting longer though, and the dangers of frost are past, I think. September is around the corner and whether you consider September 1 or September 21 the first day of Spring, both are not far away.

With Spring come renewed feelings of hope and optimism, one’s mind starts thinking of new ventures, one dreams of trips away, fresh projects and a reawakening of dormant love, perhaps. The creative juices seem to start flowing with renewed vigour too and one can look forward to greater sources of inspiration for writing, art, photography. Later in Spring, the city comes alive for the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Australia’s most prestigious horse racing event. It is also the time of the year to explore the vineyards and spa country of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

I think you can guess that I have had enough of Winter this year and look forward to the delights of Spring and Summer…


  1. I am also glad to see the end of winter this year. First time I have had to wear a long woollen coat in Sydney for years. Spring is almost here and it cannot come too soon. Lovely pic !

  2. When the higher power decided to freeze the northern hemisphere for endless months of the year, he/she gave people hope of life and renewal with spring, flowers, animals crawling out of hibernation, fresh smells, new fruits and increasing sunshine. People still celebrate the event with boisterous festivals.

    Perhaps in the southern hemisphere we don't have to wear heavy overcoats and fur hats, but as I become severely middle aged, the smell of spring flowers is becoming more and more welcome.

  3. I love spring and can never have enough of it! Bring on the flowers...